Here’s the deal with this sweet and sour chicken recipe. There are a few steps, but I promise it will be worth it in the end. It’s definitely easier to make this version than my Chinese Jade Red Chicken. It serves 4, so you can eat it for dinner and store leftover crispy chicken in the freezer for later.
Why Make Sweet and Sour Chicken When You Can Buy It
First of all, you can easily buy orange or sweet and sour chicken at Costco or order take out, but I actually think this recipe is worth making at home.
- Cheaper to make your own
- Superior tasting sweet and sour sauce requiring only 6 ingredients
- More balanced tangy to sweet flavor (no msg, just quality food)
- Mandarin orange zest heightens the fresh factor
In my version, you use a sweetener called brown rice syrup to add sweetness while adding savoriness. This is my golden secret to a freaking badass Asian sauce.
Watch How to Make Sweet and Sour Chicken (Video)
In case you are a visual person, I’ve put together a short video showing the steps involved.
How to Cook the Vegetables
Need more vegetables in your life? Me too. Go crazy and add as many as you want. To do this, just cook the vegetables in a small amount of oil with some aromatics (ginger, green onion) over medium heat. I chose a bell pepper for its naturally sweet, tangy, savory profile. Once the vegetables are just tender (not mushy) add the sauce with the chicken and call it a meal.
Helpful Kitchen Tools
- spider strainer for deep frying
- wok (optional) but nice for stir frying vegetables and deep frying
- metal mixing bowls
- stainless steel whisk
- microplane for mincing ginger
- a sharp chef’s knife for chopping vegetables
More Chicken Recipes You Might Like
- Grilled Lemongrass Chicken Satay
- Chinese Jade Red Chicken
- Grilled Chicken Bahn Mi Bowls
- Thai Vegetable Curry
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